Spine & Rehab Specialists - May 2020

MAY 2020

6358 EDGEMERE BLVD. EL PASO, TEXAS 79925 915-562-8525

1779 N. ZARAGOZA ST., SUITE A EL PASO, TEXAS 79936 915-855-6466

PUTTING THE PANDEMIC IN PERSPECTIVE A LOOK AT WHAT WE’VE ALREADY SURVIVED

These last few months have been tough not just for me, my family, and my team, but for all of us. With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents and how they’re coping with the coronavirus pandemic. My mom is 88, and my dad is 92, so they’re both at high risk if they catch the virus, which is hitting the Netherlands hard. However, I can’t help but think that, at this point in their lives, my parents have already survived so much that they must have a very different perspective on the coronavirus than I do. For example, this month on May 5, the Netherlands will celebrate Liberation Day — the 75-year commemoration of the end of World War II, when Allied forces liberated our country from German occupation. My parents both lived through the war, and so did many other people still living in Holland. In a lot of ways, I know it’s still fresh in their minds. Because America wasn’t occupied during WWII, the feeling about the war is very different here. It feels farther away than it did back home, where my mom told me stories about seeing trains go by when she was a little girl, full of victims headed to the concentration camp near where she grew up. I can’t help but think that there are a lot of parallels between that time in Dutch history and now in America. That was, and this is, a time of adversity. Things are happening that are outside of our control, and the government is setting rules restricting our freedom. Here today, those rules are mostly for good reasons — to keep people healthy and slow the spread of the virus — but they’re still uncomfortable. Businesses are hurting and so are people who are out of work or struggling to take care of kids who would normally be in school. One of my employees who was supposed to get married in March had to cancel his wedding because the venue shut down. Basically, this pandemic is hurting everyone, just like the war did, although in a different way.

Some people have made mistakes, and we’ve all been affected, but we will get through this. By pulling together as a family, a team, and a community, we will be strong enough to survive whatever the coronavirus throws our way, just like my parents came through the horrors of WWII. We need to band together like the Dutch, the French, the Belgians, and the Americans did during the war — and more recently, like we as an El Paso community did after the terrible shooting last August killed 22 of our friends and neighbors. Instead of tearing us apart, these awful things draw us closer together, and in the end, they make us stronger. I hope you, your friends, and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during these crazy times. If you’re feeling scared, just remember that we got through two world wars, and we can get through this too. Putting the virus in that perspective gives me some comfort, so maybe it can do the same for you.

With that in mind, I want to tell you what I told my employee: As bad as things are now, it will all be okay.

– Harry Koster

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